2019 Tools & Tactics Webinar: Are You Ready for Emerging Paid Statutory Leave Programs?

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, June 27

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Paid family and medical leave programs are gaining traction across the nation, and are currently approved in seven states. Each state’s approved program is unique in terms of plan design, distribution method, and financial controls. This webinar will offer employers insight into the changing landscape of paid family leave programs, and provide key considerations when structuring employee benefit programs for inclusiveness of all new leave laws.

Attendees will gain insight into the drivers that may dictate specific changes to their company plans, and learn ways to accommodate employees who work in a leave law jurisdiction. We will also explore best practices in delivering communications, and balancing the flow of information to an organization.

Webinars are free for DMEC members. To receive free pricing, log in to your DMEC account prior to registering.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of key considerations for structuring employee benefit programs in order to be inclusive of new leave laws.
  • Identify drivers which may dictate specific changes to company plans to accommodate employees who work in a leave law jurisdiction.
  • Discover the top three lessons learned from implementation of new leave laws from a peer, consultant, and compliance professional.
  • Explore best practices to structure and deliver communications of:
    • New state and federal jurisdictions considering leave laws
    • Balancing the flow of information from the evolution of a newly enacted law, through regulation construction, to the final rules
    • Timely updates as programs mature


Sara Borgardt
Lead Manager for Total Rewards
AXA Equitable Life

Sara Borgardt is a lead manager for total rewards at AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. where she is responsible for multiple projects related to compensation and benefits plan design. She joined the AXA family in 2013 and has managed the administration of company and state regulated leave policies in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico. In this role, she has designed new PTO policies, advised on integration with federal/state/local requirements, and coached leaders on best practices and communication strategies regarding leave management.

Blaine Clotfelter
First Vice President, Consultant
American Benefits Consulting

Blaine joined ABC in 2016 after filling a similar role with parent company, Alliant Insurance Services, since 2007. He has been in the employee benefits field since 1995 with extensive experience in plan marketing, financial analysis, and process management. Blaine’s focus has been on life, disability, and leave administration. Prior to joining Alliant, he was a consultant at Aon. Blaine’s responsibilities include managing client/vendor relationships, day-to-day processes, and account management.

Dan Iskra
Director, Group Disability & Absence Product Development & Management

Dan Iskra is a director at MetLife, responsible for the development and management of MetLife’s group disability and absence management products. Dan joined MetLife in 2007 and has held various roles representing MetLife’s product and financial segments. During his tenure, Dan has been instrumental in driving key strategies impacting MetLife’s growth in the disability and absence market.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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